A Small Town Christmas

A SELECTION FROM AMAZING PEACE:  A Christmas Poem
by Maya Angelou

Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes
And lightning rattles the eaves of our houses.
Flood waters await us in our avenues.

Snow falls upon snow, falls upon snow to avalanche
Over unprotected villages.
The sky slips low and grey and threatening.

We question ourselves.
What have we done to so affront nature?
We worry God.
Are you there? Are you there really?
Does the covenant you made with us still hold?

Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters,
Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope
And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air.
The world is encouraged to come away from rancor,
Come the way of friendship.

A small town Christmas in Lake Forest's Market Square
A small town Christmas in Lake Forest
The old Marshall Fields building in Lake Forest Market Square--A small town Christmas
A Small Town Christmas in Lake Forest Market Square
A Small Town Christmas in Lake Forest Market Square
A Small Town Christmas in Lake Forest Market Square
A small town Christmas in Lake Forest Market Square
Market House in Market Square
A small town Christmas in Lake Forest at Market House

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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